February 27, 2017

IOM Iran and Somalia Meet Migrants in the Netherlands

Under the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration from the Netherlands (AVRR-NL) project staff from the IOM offices in Iran and Somalia visited the Netherlands in December 2016. The one week program included meetings with migrants at different reception centres, as well as meetings with the respective embassies, DT&V, MFA and network partners on the operational level. The working visit aimed to give International Organisation for Migration, IOM’s main stakeholders in the Netherlands the opportunity to learn more about the realities related to AVRR in Iran and Somalia through first-hand information provision. More of such visits will be organized throughout the year 2017…

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ICC President to visit Uganda with Trust Fund for Victims

The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, is starting this week her first official visit to Uganda, where she will visit victim assistance projects supported by the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), an independent body associated with the Court. The President is also expected to meet with Ugandan authorities as well as conduct outreach activities. During her visit, the ICC President Fernández will travel together with Board Members and the Director of the TFV to several facilities supported by the TFV’s assistance projects, which offer psychological and physical rehabilitation to those who suffered harm…

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Eurojust and Europol joint investigation into international human trafficking

As a result of coordinated operational activities, authorities from Slovakia and the UK, supported by Eurojust and Europol, have dismantled an organised criminal group involved in trafficking Slovak victims for the purposes of sham marriages and sexual exploitation. Last week, house searches were performed in Glasgow by Police Scotland. Europol specialists were deployed on the spot to support the national authorities. As a result, five suspects were arrested and detained in police custody. Sixteen women – potential victims of trafficking – were also identified and were offered care and assistance by a specialised NGO. A significant amount of evidence (numerous…

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President Agius concludes visit to Croatia

Tribunal President Carmel Agius today concluded a three-day official visit to Zagreb, Croatia. During the visit, President Agius met with the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Davor Ivo Stier, Minister of Justice Ante Šprlje, and President of the Supreme Court Branko Hrvatin. Croatian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Andrea Gustović-Ercegovac also participated in the visit.    During the meetings President Agius and Croatian officials discussed a range of topics including in particular the need to intensify regional cooperation in the prosecution of war crimes. In the context of the Tribunal’s closure…

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ICTY Legacy Dialogues: Documentary on Crimes against Cultural Heritage

The latest documentary of the Tribunal’s Outreach Programme, Dubrovnik and Crimes against Cultural Heritage, had its English language premiere Thursday February 16,  at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, as part of the ICTY Legacy Dialogues series. The documentary provides an overview of the Tribunal’s work in adjudicating crimes of systematic destruction of institutions dedicated to religion, education or culture. The screening was attended by more than 120 guests, including diplomats, representatives of international and non-governmental organisations, lawyers, academics and students. Welcoming the guests, Tribunal President Judge Carmel Agius said: “Destruction of cultural heritage is a topic that, unfortunately, has…

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EC & Parliament’s support of trade deal with Canada

On the Picture H.E. President Jean-Claude Juncker. European Commission welcomes Parliament’s support of trade deal with Canada Strasbourg, 15 February 2017 CETA marks the beginning of a new era in the EU-Canada relationship. Today, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, concluding the ratification process of this deal at the EU level. Welcoming the outcome of the vote held in Strasbourg, President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Today’s vote by the European Parliament is an important milestone in the democratic process of ratification of the agreement reached with Canada and…

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Gambia decided to stay

Pictured H.E. Sidiki Kaba, President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court . ASP President welcomes Gambia’s decision not to withdraw from the Rome Statute   The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) H.E. Sidiki Kaba welcomes the decision of the newly-elected Government of the Gambia not to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC. “This important decision signals the renewed commitment of the new authorities of The Gambia to the ICC, and to the shared values…

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International gold laundering ring: 10 arrests

Today, from a coordination centre at Eurojust, an international action against a gold laundering ring took place, led by the Italian Guardia di Finanza police and the State Prosecutor’s Office of Turin, with the support of Hungarian and Slovenian authorities, and with coordination by Eurojust. The group members are accused of being part of a criminal organisation involved in gold laundering in Italy, Hungary and Slovenia. Gold items were first stolen in Italy, melted down by an Italian foundry, and transformed into bars. The bars were then placed on the official gold market by a Hungarian company that issued fictitious…

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Saudi Crown Prince honoured by the CIA

CIA Director Mike Pompeo and HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia – Picture by SPA. Friday, 10 February 2017, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, First Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, was honored with the George Tenet Medal, issued by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America in “recognition of the outstanding intelligence work in combating terrorism and his immense contributions global security for the last two decades”.  CIA Director, Mr. Mike Pompeo decorated the Crown Prince with the medal during a…

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President Agius official visit to Croatia

President Agius to pay official visit to Croatia next week. ICTY President Judge Carmel Agius will conduct an official three-day visit to Zagreb, Croatia, from 13 – 15 February 2017. This will be the first in a series of visits that the President will pay to the countries of the former Yugoslavia before the ICTY closes down at the end of this year. During his visit, President Agius will meet with several high-level officials, including Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the President of the Supreme Court, and both the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and the Minister…

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